Optional Paid Tours

Optional tours and activities are sold based on availability. Rates include applicable taxes; however, the guide’s gratuities are at your discretion. Tours may be canceled if minimum requirements are not met so please book early to avoid disappointment. All tours will start and end at the Pasadena Convention Center unless otherwise stated

To book these tours and more, please visit our registration page: Registration & Hotel Booking

If you are looking for alternative suggestions, please visit our DIY Tour Page

The Best of Pasadena

(2 hours)

$65 per person –  minimum 30 participants

Sat. July 14 – 11:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:00  

Join our driving tour of Pasadena City Center and Old Pasadena, architecturally significant neighborhoods, historic landmarks like the Rose Bowl Stadium, the Tournament of Roses parade route, movie/TV locations, grand hotels and luscious gardens.  

Price includes: Deluxe coach transportation, English speaking guide, applicable taxes & service charges.

Old Pasadena Food Tasting Tour

(3.5 Hours)

$76 per person – minimum 10 participants

Sat. July 14 -10:30-14:00; Sun. July 22 – 15:00-18:30 & Mon. July 23 – 10:30-14:00

Old Pasadena, best known for the Tournament of Roses Parade, elegant architecture and cultural landmarks, is also a place for exceptional and diverse dining. On this food walking tour, a local, knowledgeable guide will lead you on a delightful epicurean stroll through colorful alleys, hidden courtyards, and seven tasting stops in ethnic eateries and sweet havens. You will also enjoy fascinating stories of how Old Pasadena transitioned from the center of town to the local skid row to the one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the country. 

Price includes: Easy 1.25 mile (about 2 km) narrated walk led by a local knowledgeable guide, full meal in grazing fashion (7 tasting stops), applicable taxes & service charges.

The Huntington – Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

(4 Hours)

$125 per person – minimum 20 participants

Sat. July 14 & Sund. July 22 – 11:30 – 15:30  

The Huntington is a research and cultural center surrounded by 120 acres of breathtaking gardens.  Originally the private estate of railroad magnate Henry Huntington, it is one of Southern California’s must-see cultural destinations with magnificent collections of rare books, manuscripts, and works of art. From a Gutenberg Bible to exquisitely landscaped gardens, nearly every inch of the estate’s ever-growing grounds and collection is worth exploring. Join our docent-led tour of the estate that covers the central area of the estate and  enjoy a traditional English tea service before exploring the gardens further at your leisure. 

Price includes: Deluxe coach transportation, admission to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical gardens, private 1 hour docent led tour of the estate, English tea service in the Rose Garden Tea Room, applicable taxes & service charges.

Mount Wilson Observatory Tour

(5 hours)

$69 per person – minimum 30 participants

Sat. July 14 -10:00-15:00 (lunch box included)

Located on the summit of Mount Wilson above Pasadena at an altitude of 5715 feet, the Observatory is visible from much of the Los Angeles area. Home to the historic Hooker 100-inch telescope, Mount Wilson is the most scientifically productive astronomical observatory in history and was the preeminent facility in the world in both stellar and solar studies during the first half of the twentieth century. Modern instrumentation has enabled both the original superb telescopes and more-recently-built facilities here to continue Mount Wilson’s pioneering heritage in new fields of study. 

Price includes: Deluxe coach transportation, docent led tour of the observatory and the grounds (approx. 2 hours), boxed lunch, applicable taxes & service charges.

Note: this tour involves walking at elevation and on uneven surfaces.

La Brea Tar Pits & LA County Museum of Art

(5 hours)

$89 per person – minimum 15 participants

Sat. July 14 -10:30-15:30 (lunch box included)

The La Brea Tar Pits is a place of rich natural history and wonder located in the middle of Los Angeles.  Natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years preserving the bones of ice age animals trapped in the tar.  Plants and animals from wooly mammoths to insects and pollen grains are preserved in the tar.  We will visit tar pits that are being actively excavated and the La Brea Tar Pits museum and it’s magnificient display of these ice age fossils.

Adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. It holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present.

Price includes: Deluxe coach transportation, admission to La Brea Tar Pits, LA County Museum of Art docent led tour (Permanent Collection only, approx. 1 hour), boxed picnic lunch, applicable taxes & service charges.

Los Angeles City Tour

(5 hours)

$85 per person – minimum 30 participants

Sat. July 14 -10:00-15:00; Sund. July 22 – 13:00-18:00

Get to know the famous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks of Los Angeles from Hollywood Boulevard’s star-studded sidewalks to gleaming downtown skyscrapers. When you are near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, imagine you are one of the stars whose hands are imprinted on the sidewalk. Find the star of your favorite entertainer on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Check-out the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and ogle at celebrity homes in Beverly Hills.

Price includes: Deluxe coach transportation with English commentaries, applicable taxes & service charges.

LA’s Beginnings – walking tour

(2 hours)

$35 per person – minimum 6 participants

Sun. July 22 – 13:00-15:00  

Witness the transformation of Los Angeles from a pueblo into a cosmopolitan city by seeing the monuments that helped shape LA and learning how the city’s history  continues to transform the “City of Angels”. Highlights include El Pueblo, Grand Park and the City Hall, the Chinatown Gateway, the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Angels Flight Railway and the iconic Union Station where the tour starts from and ends to.

Price includes: Small group English narrated walking tour, applicable taxes & service charges.

Note that transportation to/from Union Station, where this tour will start and end, is not included.  However Union Station is easily accessible on the Metro Gold Line (https://www.metro.net/riding/paid_parking/gold-line/) from Pasadena.

Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles by Walk and Subway

(3 Hours)

$60 per person – minimum 6 participants

 Sat. July 14 & Sun. July 22 – 13:00-16:00

Discover Los Angeles’ underside as you travel by foot and by subway to explore iconic Hollywood and Downtown LA. Escape traffic and see more for a stress-free and unique experience. Get a chance to visit famous sites like the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Dolby Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central Market and so much more! The tour starts in the heart of Hollywood, includes a 20 minutes ride to downtown LA and concludes at the Union Station.    

Price includes: Small group English narrated tour by foot and subway, applicable taxes & service charges.

Santa Monica Tour

(7 hours)

$149 per person – minimum 20 participants

Sun. July 22 – 09:30-16:30

There are few beaches in the temperate latitudes as famous as those of Los Angeles. Santa Monica is the perfect place to experience the vibes of Southern California’s beach culture – famous worldwide for its surfers, body builders, exhibitionists, street performers, and fabulous ocean views. Stroll the famous Santa Monica Pier, the point which marks the end of the old Route 66 and enjoy the scenery as your guide provides historical background on the amusement rides. Continue by foot to the open-air district of the Third Street Promenade, where you can window shop as you pass boutiques and popular stores. Return to Pasadena via Beverly Hills and famous Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive.  

Price includes: Deluxe coach transportation, English speaking guide, 3-course lunch, applicable taxes & service charges.

Getty Villa & Malibu Tour

(8 hours)

$165 per person – minimum 20 participants

Sat. July 14 & Sund. July 22 – 9:30-16:30

Drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu enjoying the gorgeous oceanfront views and admiring beachfront communities and the celebrities’ multi million dollar homes. You’ll also explore the splendor of the Getty Villa, a renowed landmark atop the bluffs that houses one of the world’s finest collections of ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts. The views from the Getty and the Getty itself will “wow” you! Among the outstanding items is Victorious Youth, one of few life-size Greek bronze statues to have survived to modern times.

Price includes: Deluxe coach transportation, docent led architecture or exhibition tour of the Getty Villa, boxed picnic lunch, parking fees, applicable taxes & service charges.

All Aboard! Tour of SOFIA at COSPAR on Sunday, July 22, 2018

(8 hours)


Sund. July 22

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) will be hosting a tour of the observatory and its facilities at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, with participants guided throughout the tour by SOFIA scientists!

SOFIA consists of a Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters to altitudes between 12 and 14 km (39,000 to 45,000 ft). At those altitudes, SOFIA is above more than 99 percent of Earth’s atmospheric water vapor to yield an 80 percent average atmospheric transmission. The telescope is mounted in an open cavity in the aft section of the aircraft and views the sky through a port-side door. SOFIA was designed to allow for an evolving science instrument suite, making it one of the premier facilities for astronomical observations at infrared wavelengths. The present instrument suite enables imaging, spectroscopy, and polarimetry observations from 0.3–612 μm and additional capabilities are currently in development. SOFIA is a joint project of NASA and the DLR (German Aerospace Center) designed to provide a world-class, versatile observatory for the next two decades.

The tour is free, with transportation to and from the COSPAR conference venue, and lunch will be provided. The technical nature of the tour is intended for COSPAR participants, but those not attending the conference may still register for the waitlist. The chance to participate in a tour of the observatory guided by SOFIA scientists is popular and space is extremely limited, so register early!

To register for this tour click this link (all other tours are bookable on the main registration page) 
More information click here.








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